All information provided is meant for the Netherlands, northwestern Europe. Habitats in other locations may be very different and the information provided here might not be useful for locations outside of northwestern Europe.


This is a list of trees that provide a decent to high amount of nector and or pollen for bees and/or butterflies.


Meaning of terms:

Light indicates the amount of sunlight a plant needs. This is devided into Sun, Partial shade and Shade.

Moisture indicates the amount of moisture a plant needs, and the range it can grow in. This is devided into Dry, Rather dry, Lightly dry, Lightly humid, Rather humid, Moist and Wet. Example: Dry, lightly humid means the plant can go anywhere from a dry to a soil that is a little moist.

Bees/Butterflies Indicates if the plant provides food for bees or butterflies or both. Bees means it can provide food for honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees or a combination of these.

Ornamental/Natural indicates if the plant is suitable for a more natural garden or more for an ornamental garden or both.

Native or not indicates if the plant is native to the Netherlands or not.



You can look for specific terms that are in the table by using the ''search'' function. If you would like to find a plant that grows in shade, just type ''Shade'' in the box on the top right corner of the table.



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Bee and butterfly plants

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Perennial plants

Annual and biennial plants